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git-help - Display help information about Git


git help [-a|--all] [-g|--guide]
[-i|--info|-m|--man|-w|--web] [COMMAND|GUIDE]


With no options and no COMMAND or GUIDE given, the synopsis of the git command and a list
of the most commonly used Git commands are printed on the standard output.

If the option --all or -a is given, all available commands are printed on the standard

If the option --guide or -g is given, a list of the useful Git guides is also printed on
the standard output.

If a command, or a guide, is given, a manual page for that command or guide is brought up.
The man program is used by default for this purpose, but this can be overridden by other
options or configuration variables.

Note that git --help ... is identical to git help ... because the former is internally
converted into the latter.

To display the git(1) man page, use git help git.

This page can be displayed with git help help or git help --help


-a, --all
Prints all the available commands on the standard output. This option overrides any
given command or guide name.

-g, --guides
Prints a list of useful guides on the standard output. This option overrides any given
command or guide name.

-i, --info
Display manual page for the command in the info format. The info program will be used
for that purpose.

-m, --man
Display manual page for the command in the man format. This option may be used to
override a value set in the help.format configuration variable.

By default the man program will be used to display the manual page, but the man.viewer
configuration variable may be used to choose other display programs (see below).

-w, --web
Display manual page for the command in the web (HTML) format. A web browser will be
used for that purpose.

The web browser can be specified using the configuration variable help.browser, or
web.browser if the former is not set. If none of these config variables is set, the
git web--browse helper script (called by git help) will pick a suitable default. See
git-web--browse(1) for more information about this.


If no command-line option is passed, the help.format configuration variable will be
checked. The following values are supported for this variable; they make git help behave
as their corresponding command- line option:

· "man" corresponds to -m|--man,

· "info" corresponds to -i|--info,

· "web" or "html" correspond to -w|--web.

help.browser, web.browser and browser.<tool>.path
The help.browser, web.browser and browser.<tool>.path will also be checked if the web
format is chosen (either by command-line option or configuration variable). See -w|--web
in the OPTIONS section above and git-web--browse(1).

The man.viewer configuration variable will be checked if the man format is chosen. The
following values are currently supported:

· "man": use the man program as usual,

· "woman": use emacsclient to launch the "woman" mode in emacs (this only works starting
with emacsclient versions 22),

· "konqueror": use kfmclient to open the man page in a new konqueror tab (see Note about
konqueror below).

Values for other tools can be used if there is a corresponding man.<tool>.cmd
configuration entry (see below).

Multiple values may be given to the man.viewer configuration variable. Their corresponding
programs will be tried in the order listed in the configuration file.

For example, this configuration:

viewer = konqueror
viewer = woman

will try to use konqueror first. But this may fail (for example, if DISPLAY is not set)
and in that case emacs' woman mode will be tried.

If everything fails, or if no viewer is configured, the viewer specified in the
GIT_MAN_VIEWER environment variable will be tried. If that fails too, the man program will
be tried anyway.

You can explicitly provide a full path to your preferred man viewer by setting the
configuration variable man.<tool>.path. For example, you can configure the absolute path
to konqueror by setting man.konqueror.path. Otherwise, git help assumes the tool is
available in PATH.

When the man viewer, specified by the man.viewer configuration variables, is not among the
supported ones, then the corresponding man.<tool>.cmd configuration variable will be
looked up. If this variable exists then the specified tool will be treated as a custom
command and a shell eval will be used to run the command with the man page passed as

Note about konqueror
When konqueror is specified in the man.viewer configuration variable, we launch kfmclient
to try to open the man page on an already opened konqueror in a new tab if possible.

For consistency, we also try such a trick if man.konqueror.path is set to something like
A_PATH_TO/konqueror. That means we will try to launch A_PATH_TO/kfmclient instead.

If you really want to use konqueror, then you can use something like the following:

viewer = konq

[man "konq"]
cmd = A_PATH_TO/konqueror

Note about git config --global
Note that all these configuration variables should probably be set using the --global
flag, for example like this:

$ git config --global help.format web
$ git config --global web.browser firefox

as they are probably more user specific than repository specific. See git-config(1) for
more information about this.


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